Western Balkans Civil Society – Progress in the Making

  by Wolfgang Petritsch 26 August 2015 As leaders from the Western Balkans and the EU gather in Vienna for the second leg of the “Berlin Process” on August 27th, they will not be alone. For the first time, in what represents a big step forward for the Western Balkans, politics and civil society will…

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Civil Society in the Western Balkans

  Civil Society in the Western Balkans by Franz-Lothar Altmann The term “civil society” has become widely used to describe the part of society that does not belong to the political administration and party system and uses other avenues to voice its concerns, interests and ideas. These can be formulated through non-governmental organisations and institutions,…

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The Role of Civil Society

by Erhard Busek 14 August 2015 Civil society has become one of the buzzwords of our times. This is by no means intended as a criticism, but aims to stop us from feeling dissociated from it, as we all are part of civil society. The “citoyenne”, the citizens, sustain our community. Max Frisch put it…

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Civil society in the Balkans – A sacred cow or a new reality?

Civil society in the Balkans – A sacred cow or a new reality? by Nenad Šebek 11 August 2015 Health warning: The author warns all potential readers that this article requires an engaged mind if you want to read it and especially if you want to understand it. The undersigned also warns that he will…

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Join the debate!

The Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015 is approaching. In this blog, we will inform you about the latest news and let you know about the discussions already going on. We would be happy if you could contribute to the debate. The hashtag of the Civil Society Forum on Twitter is…

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